Cockermouth: A Georgian gem

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Cockermouth is one of a select band of towns to have been awarded ‘gem’ status in recognition of their architectural importance. Its most famous son is the poet William Wordsworth – the National Trust has opened his home, Wordsworth House and Garden, to the public since 1939.

The town, which is also the birthplace and childhood home of Fletcher Christian, of Mutiny on the Bounty fame, has a beautiful tree-lined main street and market place with many fine Georgian buildings.

As well as our own National Trust shop, it has a host of independent retailers selling everything from books, antiques and clothes to food and wine.

Cockermouth also has its own brewery, where you can go on a guided tour before sampling some of the beer.

So why not make a day of it, by combining a visit to Wordsworth House and Garden with a leisurely walk around this ‘gem’ of a town?

Or, it you’re feeling a little more energetic, why not venture into the surrounding countryside, which inspired William’s love of nature, with a splendid walk starting right from our front gate?